If a new smartphone is in your near future, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a screaming good deal on one. Not only does Amazon drop prices the minute new phones are released, but even Verizon is doing their best to get in on the low-pricing scheme. Two examples are included in their latest “online” only 4G LTE sale. The LG Spectrum and HTC Rezound can be had for as little as $99.99 as long as you extend or add on a new 2-year contract. One phone has been out for a couple of months now, while the other is barely a month old. Both run 1.5GHz dual-core processors and have two of the most beautiful HD displays we have ever seen on a smartphone. If the RAZRs or Galaxy Nexus were never your cup of tea, these two might be worth a look.
If you need are looking to see if a new device has been rooted, you will want to follow @djrbliss aka Dan Rosenberg. You may have heard his name recently in conjunction with Motorola root methods that apply to the RAZR, Bionic, XYBOARD and almost any other Moto device running Gingerbread or Honeycomb. He’s puttin’ in work as we like to say around these parts.
His newest target is non-Moto. The LG Spectrum has fallen to his methods and is now rooted. LG has in the past left their devices wide open to hackers and Dan’s comments on rooting it seem to reflect just that. His Windows and Linux tools to get this job done can be found at the source link below.
Cheers Mike23 and Eric!
Verizon and Lucas Arts released a new app today called Darth Maul Me that allows to snap pictures of yourself and turn then into of all things, Darth Maul. The idea is silly, but they have paired it with a contest that gives contestants a chance to win 1 of 5 LG Spectrums. All you have to do is download the app, turn yourself in Mr. Maul, and then Tweet the photo to @VerizonWireless. They will choose 1 winner per day for the next 5 days.
Not familiar with the Spectrum? Check out our hands-on with the device here.
Market Link | Contest Details
And feel free to share your creepy Darth Maul pictures in the comments as well.
I’m doing my best to give the LG Spectrum a fair shot, but the pluses are struggling to keep up with the minuses to this point. One thing I do have to give it some love for though, is the fact that it streams HD video through ESPN’s ScoreCenter app. Actually, it’s tough to tell if it actually streams through the app or not. When you press on a video, a separate browser window loads that then asks if you would like to download or “execute” an action – that action is of course, the watching of HD video.
So below, I have embedded a video that shows off the high quality streams that only this phone is currently capable of. Talk about impressive for a mobile stream. (more…)
And just like the HTC Rezound, the LG Spectrum has an update on the way. It’s as minor as it gets and will simply fix Netflix playback. Yep, that’s it. We will have a full review of the device up within the next week or so, but you can view our early unboxing here.
Cheers to everyone who sent this in!
Thanks to a community friend, we now have the full system dump from the LG Spectrum if anyone is interested in poking around in it. He even pulled out the apps and media separately, since those tend to be the most requested files from a new phone. And yes, the HD ESPN ScoreCenter app is included, although it’s technically a step back from today’s update since it does not have the new notification service.
Downloads: Apps and Media | System Dump
Our brief moment with the LG Spectrum at CES 2012 was exactly that, brief. In order to give this new release from LG and Verizon a shot at taking top Android phone honors from the Galaxy Nexus, we had to get one in hand for an extended period of time. Today marks the start of our quest to put the Spectrum through the ringer to decide if this reasonably priced ($199 on contract), yet highly spec’d phone is worth your money. With a 4.5″ HD display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8MP shooter, and 4G LTE connectivity, this phone is by no means a slouch on the hardware front. Does it have enough polish on the UI side to make it a winner though? We will soon find out.
For now, let’s see what it looks like in hand and out of the box. (more…)
The LG Spectrum officially launched yesterday on Verizon for $199. The first commercial for it officially launched this morning, although we can’t stop scratching our heads over it. While the spot itself is actually worth a laugh, the fact that R2-D2 makes a cameo is simply odd (at first). After all, the Spectrum is not “DROID” branded and R2 comes straight out of Star Wars and and the mind of George Lucas where the word “DROID” is currently being licensed from.
In the end though, it’s obvious that Phantom Menace in 3D needed another plug and what better way to do that than through the wireless carrier Lucas is
in bed friends with. (more…)